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KEYNOTE: The Journey Continues - Racial Equity in 2023


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KEYNOTE: The Journey Continues - Racial Equity in 2023

What We Know, What We’re Learning

According to one report last year, 79% of companies announced they would raise their DEIB budget in 2022. However, as economic uncertainty looms and budget cuts become reality, DEIB is often the victim. As we reflect back on a turbulent few years that saw a global pandemic, the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the effects of “The Great Resignation” in transforming the workplace, we wonder what lies ahead for racial equity and diversity. Returning keynote speakers Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, CEO of Global Policy Solutions, and Charlene Wheeless, Senior Advisor, Equity and Justice, APCO Worldwide, sit down with APCO Worldwide’s Licy Do Canto to go deep into what we know and what we’re learning about racial equity in the office and beyond.

Charlene Wheeless

Bridget Finkeldey

Charlene A. Wheeless, senior advisor for equity and justice at APCO Worldwide, is the former principal vice president of global corporate affairs for Bechtel Corporation. Ms. Wheeless was responsible for global communications, issues and reputation management, sustainability, stewardship and public affairs. She served on the company’s ethics and knowledge management committees, as well as the boards of the Bechtel PAC and Bechtel Group Foundation.

Before joining Bechtel in 2009, Ms. Wheeless was vice president of communications for the Intelligence and Information Systems (IIS) business unit of Raytheon Company as well as the site executive of its Falls Church, Va. facility. In these positions she oversaw global public relations, advertising, media relations, marketing communications, employee communications, and community relations and served as the lead executive, responsible for facility operations, security and quality audits, and employee morale.

Prior to her years with Raytheon, Ms. Wheeless was senior vice president of global communications and marketing for American Management Systems (AMS) and corporate vice president of communications at DynCorp. She also held executive and staff positions with PRC, Inc. (later acquired by Northrop Grumman Corporation), Steuart Petroleum Company, and IBM Corporation.

Ms. Wheeless was recently named by PRWeek magazine one of the 50 most influential PR professionals in the industry, for the third consecutive year.

​Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Ph.D. Summit Speaker

Bridget Finkeldey

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is an insightful strategist whose vast network and rich professional experiences working across the public, private, academic, and nonprofit sectors bolster her ability to identify emerging trends and make critical connections between complex social, economic, political, and technological phenomena. Dr. Rockeymoore Cummings is the Founder, President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions LLC, a strategy firm that helps corporate, philanthropic, governmental, and nonprofit clients meet their strategic objectives. She is also the immediate past board chair of the National Association of Counties Financial Services Corporation and has served on a number of nonprofit boards including the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (past board chair), National Academy of Social Insurance, National Council on Aging, and Baltimore Museum of Art. Dr. Rockeymoore Cummings has more than a quarter century working on innovative public policy and multimillion dollar social change initiatives. She directed the strategy to elevate closing the racial wealth gap on the national policy agenda, led a multi-million dollar initiative to reverse childhood obesity and promote healthy communities, was at the forefront of efforts to strengthen and expand Social Security, and was the architect of the first-ever study examining the impact of level 5 autonomous vehicle technology on the U.S. labor market. A dynamic strategist, analyst, and advisor with a ta

Licy Do Canto

Patricia Ayerdis

Managing Director, Washington D.C., APCO Worldwide

Licy Do Canto, a veteran of public policy, corporate strategy, health care communications and diversity and inclusion, is managing director of APCO Worldwide's Washington D.C. office headquarters and mid-Atlantic region lead. A well respected expert in public health and health care policy, with nearly three decades of experience at the international, national, state and local levels across the nonprofit, philanthropic, corporate and government sectors, Mr. Do Canto is an accomplished, values-driven leader with unparalleled experience in developing and leading integrated public affairs campaigns combining strategic communications, public relations, political/legislative initiatives, policy, coalition building, grassroots efforts and advocacy.

Mr. Do Canto has held a wide range of positions and has worked across diverse sectors and industries over the course of his successful career, making him uniquely qualified to understand and support leaders and organization to successfully navigate both the opportunities and the diplomatic, technical, and multifaceted industry challenges with which they are confronted. Mr. Do Canto has vast inside knowledge of the Washington political process, and deep substantive experience on a wide range of public policy issues from public health, health care and social impact to immigration, trade and economic development.

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